A woman who took part in the storming of the US parliament building earlier this month and allegedly stole a laptop from the office of Speaker of the House of Commons Nancy Pelosi wanted to sell the laptop to Russian authorities police department FBI said in court documents.
The woman, Riley June Williams, was wanted by the FBI for “violent entry” to the Capitol and “disorderly conduct” there.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that federal authorities had said they had arrested Williams, but gave little further details. Based on photos and videos of the attack on the Capitol, an FBI agent has stated that Williams has been near Pelosi’s office.
A witness, who is listed as W1 in the court records but claims to be Williams’s former lover, stated that she wanted to send a laptop she allegedly stole to a friend in Russia.
He could then have resold the computer to the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR. That sale “fell through for unknown reasons and Williams still has the computer or destroyed it,” the witness said.
It is unclear whether a laptop was actually stolen from Pelosi’s office. The FBI says it is still investigating.